Writer David Lipsky never thought he would find appreciation of the U.S. Army, let alone spend four years at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Reluctant to write a story about the academy, he issued the school's administration a bevvy of demands he thought they would deny: full access to all the cadets, their training and the ability to stay as long as he wanted. To his surprise, West Point said yes. The result is his new book, Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point, which follows the class of 2002.
*Author of Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point ( Houghton Mifflin 2003)